Julia Hartley-Brewer says she's worried 'the whole nation will be put on pills' after anti-depressant study

Julia said she was worried about the anti-depressant study

Julia said she was worried about the anti-depressant study

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Julia Hartley-Brewer said she was worried about "an entire nation being put on pills" after a landmark study backed the use of anti-depressants.

Julia spoke to Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, after a study involving over 100,000 people found 21 common anti-depressants were all more effective at curbing acute depression than placebo tablets.

Many have welcomed the study, but Julia said that "once people start taking anti-depressants it's very likely they will continue."

Stokes-Lampard said that, while the results of the study were positive, we also need to invest more time and energy in alternative therapies, such as CBT and 'talking therapy'.

"people are more isolated than they have ever been."